Transferring individual tracks to usb on Mac

Hi, I use Cubase 6 on a Mac. I need to transfer individual tracks onto a usb stick.
I just keep going around in circles even though I know there is a simple solution!
Can anyone give me a step-by-step idiot’s guide as to how to do this…?
Much appreciated…

Hi Steve and welcome to the forums!

I don’t have access to the manual for Cubase 6, but typically you would export the tracks you want to transfer. In Cubase 6, I believe you would have to do that one by one. Check to see what options you have for export on your menu under Export.

Cheers, Yes I have done that, and yes I need to transfer the tracks individually.
I’m just getting stuck with actually copying the tracks onto the usb.
The process seems to be File >> Export>>Selected Tracks >>Copy Media Files
But then I just can’t see how to actually get from that step to transfer to the usb…

Can you not use Finder in MacOS?

Yes, and I can see the USB stick there. It’s just literally how to move the tracks across…

So your actual question is:

How do I move/copy a file from my computer to a USB thumb drive?


Although I don’t have a Mac, I’m pretty sure you can just drag and drop the file(s) from one Finder window to another. Or select the files you would like to copy, go to the menu bar > Edit > Copy. Navigate to your USB drive and click Edit > Paste.
Note that you can also use keyboard shortcuts to perform basic tasks like Copy and Paste.

I don’t want to move a complete file – I want to move individual tracks.
The reason for that is, the producer I’m working with uses Pro Tools, whilst I record in Cubase. To give him the material, I need to copy each individual track onto a usb, which he then downloads, and can mix & master in Pro Tools. The frustrating thing is, I have done this before, a couple of years ago – but for some reason I’ve just forgotten how to do it. But you are right, the answer lies in something simple like you are suggesting. I’ll persevere along those lines… Appreciate your help.

What exactly is your definition of “track”?
In Cubase, we have a variety of different types of tracks. For example, Audio, MIDI, Instrument, Folder, Group, Marker, Ruler, Tempo…

Assuming we are taking about Audio Tracks, you have to export them from Cubase. This will create an audio file. Then, copy those audio files to your USB drive and send it off to your collaborator.

I mean the actual recorded track – guitar, bass, vocals etc. I have to copy each of those individually – you can’t just copy the whole track – to be able to give it to someone else who works in another format like Pro Tools.

Again, you are using the word “track” in an ambiguous way.

Start by asking your collaborator what file format they are expecting from you.

It’s hard to tell by reading this thread if my post is TMI or not.
But this is the Step by step gentleman’s guide…

Exporting tracks in C6

  1. Make sure your left and right locators are at the very beginning and the very end of your song. Best practice is to simply place your left locator at Bar 1, beat 1, or 00:00:00.

NOTE: You should decide whether you want to send tracks with effects and EQ or not. If not, make sure all effects and eq are turned off now.

  1. Solo a track. Then, In the File menu, select; Export / Audio mix down. (The terminology may be slightly different in C6).

  2. Make sure the file format is set to WAV or AIF. Protools guys prefer WAV.

  3. Check the sample rate and bit depth. Good practice is to use the same sample rate and bit depth as the project, i.e. 44.1khz, 16 or 24bit. I don’t recommend exporting anything higher for this purpose such as 32 bit float. The export dialogue may already be set to your project settings. If you want to check your project settings go to; Project / Project Setup, and look for “Record file format”.

  4. If the track to be exported is stereo simply hit Export and you will be prompted to choose a location to export to. I suggest that you also create a new folder for the stems / tracks you’re exporting.
    If you like, you can designate your external / flash drive as the export location. This will save you an extra step. But USB Flash drives can be painfully slow. The export location can be any place that your heart desires.

NOTE: If the track to be exported is mono, choose “mono export” in the export window. The mono button will stay selected so pay close attention to that button. Only turn it on for mono exports.

  1. Deselect the solo button and solo the next track to be exported.

Rinse, lather, repeat.

For the sake of your mix engineer, let him know what tempo you used (BPM). If it was recorded freeform (no click) let him know that as well.

For the sake of basic education:
If you export your bounced tracks to your internal or project drive, simply insert a removable drive and literally drag your new folder onto it. Bada-bing bada-boom. Drag n drop baby.

Happy mixing!

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Thank you so much … everything came back to me as soon as you said to SOLO the tracks!
All fixed, thank you again